I have been active in business, design and installation for the last 36 years owning my own businesses for the last 26 of these years. I have extensive management and project coordination skills which I have honed not only in my business career but as the president and executive board member of various public interest entities and commissions. While in business in Jersey City, NJ, I was a member of the board of directors of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Historic Downtown Merchants Association, President of Jersey City Merchants and Homeowners United and a member of several County advisory boards and committees.
I hold a Bachelors of Arts degree from New York University and have additional higher education credits from The University of Toledo, The State College of New Jersey, and Cooke College of Rutgers University. In my earlier years I worked as a sculptor and painter and studied art, psychology and English Literature.
In recent years I have studied extensively in the field of Horticulture, Landscape Design, Urban Forestry and Gardening. I hold certificates from the New York Botanical Gardens in Landscape Design, Horticulture, and Garden Installation. I am a graduate of the Rutgers Master Gardener Program and serve as the President of the Bergen County Master Gardener Association. As a member of the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau, I lecture on Landscape History and Design Methodology to various groups in the metropolitan area.
Recently, I was appointed to the Upper Saddle River Planning Board and for the past 4 years have served as President of the Upper Saddle River Shade Tree Commission. Because of my love for the environment and a desire to educate others on the protection of our urban forest, I formed and serve as Coordinator of the Bergen Shade Tree League. These volunteer endeavors help sharpen my focus and allow access to the most updated plant data, environmental knowledge and horticultural information. Other affiliations include membership in the Native Plant Society of NJ, the Perennial Plant Association and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
My practice, Landscapes by Design, is a bit unique in the field of residential Landscaping. I would best describe the firm as a "boutique" Garden Design and Installation service. We do no lawn cutting, snow removal or regular grounds maintenance. We do not hire casual labor and I personally train and work alongside my employees using the best and most current horticultural practices. We work only for a select group of customers who wish quality, individualized design work and expert plant installation. I am a "hands on" designer doing much of the planting and building while supervising workers and subcontractors in all aspects of a project. If a large installation calls for specialty skills such as carpentry or Arborist consultations I partner with sub contractors with whom I have personal experience.
Many of my customers use my services on a regular basis asking me to return periodically to tend installations, do seasonal pruning and repair or to perform additional work as time and their budgets allow. It is very common with more extensive landscape projects to phase the work over several seasons; this is easier on the client's finances and gives us time to study the land and slowly develop a distinguished environment.